Breakfast Quinoa with Fruit and Nuts

Have you tried quinoa yet? If not, you really should. Quinoa is such a nutritious and versatile food. It is a whole grain and can be used in many recipes to replace rice, pasta or couscous. The nutritional profile is quite impressive. It is a considered a complete protein, which means that it contains all nine essential amino acids in the correct proportional amounts to support the biological functions of our bodies. That makes it an excellent choice for a meatless meal. It is also a good source of fiber, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and four B vitamins: B1, B2, B6, B9. And it has a little of Vitamin B3 and Vitamin E as well. We had quinoa and vegetables for dinner last night and there was a little quinoa leftover so I decided to try it for breakfast this morning. I have always eaten quinoa as a dinner food so I was excited to see what it would be like for breakfast. The result was delicious! I will definitely be having quinoa for breakfast again. It was so quick and easy to prepare too. A quick, filling and delicious breakfast food. What more could you ask for?

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Breakfast Quinoa

cooked quinoa*

cinnamon

dried fruit

nuts

honey

 

Dip out a bowl of quinoa, sprinkle with as much cinnamon as you like, reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add a handful each of dried fruit and nuts. I used raisins and chopped walnuts this time; although dried cranberries, cherries, apricots or some fresh fruit and sliced almonds or chopped pecans would be delicious too. Experiment every time you eat this with different fruit and nut combinations. Drizzle a little honey over top. Stir it all together and enjoy! You just made yourself a super quick, nutritionally dense and filling breakfast. Most definitely a good start to your day!

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*(If you do not have any leftover quinoa in your refrigerator, you can prepare some and then add the rest of the ingredients to it. Quinoa does not take too long to cook, only about 15 minutes. But for the morning I personally like using the leftover quinoa so that all I have to do is reheat the quinoa, add the remain ingredients and breakfast is done!)